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Jan Hicks Creates – Flosstube #50 – Cross Stitch WIP Parade for Stitch Maynia 2019

Started working on Shades of Gold by Northern Expressions Needlearts after reskeining the large skeins of silk from Missus Sedas into smaller, more mangeable skeins for stitching.

Colorways Darling and Jan’s Pride
Colorway Darling from Missus Sedas on Etsy

Two new Flosstubers to check out:
CreatedtoCreateBH – has great multi-media ideas for finishing cross stitch
Cynthia Brew Creates – is a fairly new cross stitcher and has jumped in with both feet. Lots of lovely projects.

And now, my list for Stitch Maynia 2019. A new stitch with me video everyday, featuring the following projects.

May 1 – 16thcentury English Garden
May 2– Aloha
May 3– Aloha Hawaii
May 4– American Farmhouse
May 5– Blessed Bee
May 6– Brick House Sampler
May 7– Colorful Deer
May 8– Do-Re-Mi Sampler
May 9– Four Seasons Street Scene
May 10– Fractal Bookmark
May 11– Grace Quaker Sampler
May 12– Green on Green
May 13– Guiding Light
May 14– Hibernation Day
May 15– History of Sheep
May 16– Hoity Toity
May 17– Home For Christmas
May 18– Jacobean Tree
May 19– June
May 20– Leeds House Sampler
May 21– Louise and Henry
May 22– Luz Gonzalez
May 23– Midsummer Garden
May 24– Mr. PeacockMay 25 – Mushrooms
May 26 – Om
May 27 – Paradise Floral
May 28 – Phillip Foster House
May 29 – Pink Etude
May 30 – Pretty Little Hawaii
May 31 – Pretty Little India
June 1 – Quaker Four Seasons
June 2  – Quilter’s Cottage
June 3 – Sally Spencer
June 4 – Schoolhouse Lessons
June 5 – Sea Glass
June 6 –   Seasons – Summer
June 7 – Small House
June 8 – Spring Door
June 9 – Taj Mahal Mandala
June 10 – Things Unseen Sampler
June 11 – Tree of Dreams
June 12 – Vitreous Art No 2
June 13 – Welcome Friends
June 14 – Shades of Gold

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Jan Hicks Creates – Changing Floss Colors and Fabric of a Design

Using the design Quilter’s Cottage by Lori Holt/Bee in my Bonnet Co Designs, in this video I show you my process for changing up the colors of floss used and how to decide what size and color of fabric to use. Hope you find this helpful!

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Jan Hicks Creates Flosstube #12

Back to my regular updates!  I covered lots, and below you will find the links to everything and more pictures!

Slide show of Antelope Slot Canyon at beginning

Flosstube channels to check out:
Doodlebug Stitcher – did an interesting version of Maynia. Started 16 or 17 new ones, and then went back to them for the second half of the month. Bought some fun fabric for finishing/bags. Really pretty stuff.
Hobbies up to Here – Katie V and her mom Dorie have had a quilting channel, but have added Flosstube. Katie is new to stitching, her mother is not. Great vibe and another great mother/daughter duo. Very talented quilters.
Cute little stitch – proves that we are all still the same, no matter where, religion, culture. Arabic speaking woman, understand words like cute, finish, biscornu and cross stitch! Lovely projects and finishes!
Cross My Stitches – great finishes and projects. Loved the fabric dying and she makes it seem easy! Showed some projects she made with her Silhouette. Very talented lady! And she has an RV!
Ninja Chickens – not stitching, but knitting. Beautiful setting in the NC mountains. Filming outside, finished projects, WIPs, but most interesting was history of Edisto Beach, and her knowledge and samples of Eco printing – scarves, sock blanks.
Stitching the high notes – Joanna, another knitter and stitcher, also an opera singer with the San Fran symphony. Lots of fun projects, both knitting and stitching.
Stitching Round Robin hosted by Country Stitchers Deb and Liz –
Start of the Eliza Bell Cox SAL on June 1. So we’ll be starting to see that beauty being stitched.
No finishes or FFOs, NO surprise there!
Harbor Haven by By the Bay Needlearts – Sky blue hand dyed linen 36 ct, 1 over 1
Floss subs GAST: 3052 = Shutter Green, 503 = Tropical Ocean, 829 = Old Hickory, 3363 = VMST Southern Mint
Snowman ‘10 by Lizzie Kate – 32 ct mystery linen, 2 over 2. Floss substitutions DMC 3854 instead of
Sally Spencer – 36 ct Confederate Grey linen by Weeks Dye Works – I substituted all of the colors as follows: GAST Claret for GAST Buckeye Scarlet, GAST Midnight for GAST Black Crow, old Needlework Necessities Cornflower for GAST Brethren Blue, GAST Highland Heather for GAST Melon Patch, GAST Pineapple Sherbert for GATS Buttermilk and VMST Southern Belle for GAST Tropical Ocean,
Mabel Pullover by KittyBeaKnitting

Caramelized Cowl with Laura Nelkin of Nelkin Designs for The N Club

That’s So Kelly on Etsy for the Bitzy Bob
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Stitch Maynia Day 30

Today brings us one day closer to the end of Maynia and also brings us a WIP to stitch on for the day. This is a lovely Dimenions kit that I got when I returned to stitching last summer.

I love the richness of the grapes and leaves, but I did switch out the brown Aida that came in the kit and substituted in a creamy, pinky 32 count linen I had in my stash. Learn more about it here:

This is a wonderful piece to work on. I don’t often work with blended threads, and the coloring they produce in this piece is gorgeous.

This one will be a joy to return to and get done, and I think it will stitch up rather quickly, once I get back to it. But for now, onward with Maynia! Tomorrow brings us to another gorgeous WIP! Stay tuned!

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Stitch Maynia Day 28

I have been anxious to start this one ever since I got the linen. Printed linen wasn’t something that existed back in the 90s/early 2000s, which was when I pretty much stopped stitching. So, to discover all of the possibilities that are out there with printed linen has been fun. And Nichole Franklin of Kaniki’s Whims and Prims does it right up my alley. Now, I am not necesssarily a prim girl. That’s not really my style. But I do love me some grunge! And Nikki likes to grunge things up! So, when I saw this fabric and then the awesome pattern that goes with it, I knew I had to get it!

This picture gives a good look at the fabric, and the tiny little amount I did in my stitch with me video. This fabric is easy to work on, and smells good, too!

I got a little more done that day on the snow on the bottom, but not much!

I probably won’t pick this one up again until Christmas in July, so look for it then!


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Stitch Maynia Day 27

Today I got to visit a little bit with another one of my loves, the Modern Folk Embroidery Four Seasons Mystery Sal. Boy, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it! And it’s not a small project either, but it’s going to be an amazing piece when finished!


This is the one I had to restart when I realized I had oriented it on the fabric wrong. Made me sick to my stomach, but I love it so much, I had to do it.

I am still on Part 1, January, on this one, and Part 6 has just been released. So I have a little catching up to do on this one, but that’s okay. Every stitch is a joy and I don’t care how long it takes me to finish. I am enjoying the process.

Here is what I got done on Day 27.



Tomorrow, we’ll be turning to a new start and Christmas!



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Stitch Maynia Day 26

So, in my Day 26 Stitch with Me video, I described this pattern as my first Stitch Maynia failure. One of my viewers disagreed with me, saying that there is no way it’s a failure, since I have had so many other beautiful projects. And she is exactly right. You can see my Day 26 Stitch with Me here.

My Day 26 project was Bent Creek’s Summer Row. I was looking forward to doing this one because I knew it would be another fairly quick and easy project. I have seen several people do several of the different Rows over Stitch Maynia and they have all said how quick of a project it is. Considering how many projects I now have, and some of them fairly  large, I was happy to be starting another quick one. I termed this a failure however, because as I started it, I just wasn’t thrilled with it. I don’t know whether it’s the fabric, the colors in the pattern, or possibly the fact that I was doing two over two. You call know by now that I prefer 1 over two. But anyway, I didn’t pick it up the rest of the day, so whatI had gotten done was only what I had done on the video. I just wasn’t interested.

Again, considering how many WIPs I have now, all of which I LOVE, it didn’t make sense to continue with this. This taught me a valuable lesson about Stitch Maynia, though. If I ever do a whole month-worth of starts again, put designs at the end that I’m super-excited about starting. This will help keep me going, and keep me out of the stitching doldrums.

Tomorrow, I KNOW I won’t have that problem because tomorrow, I’ll be working on a much-loved WIP. Check back tomorrow to see that!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 25

Day 25 saw me working on the gorgeous Chatelaine pattern Taj Mahal Mandala Garden. It has been about a year since I have picked it up, so it was a real pleasure to work on it again.

I am currently working on the satin stitches around the center square. According to the chart, these should be done in the Woven Scotch stitch. I found this stitch rather difficult, and quite frankly, I love the way the silks glow in the satin stitch, so that’s what I’m doing. I worked the satin stitches using  a trolley needle, which helps  the stitches to lay flat and evenly on the fabric.

I have a lot more work to do on this. Once Stitch Maynia is over, I plan to work on this on the weekends until it’s finished. Remember, to see a larger image, simply click on the picture.

Tomorrow, on to a simpler pattern! Summer Row by Bent Creek.










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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 24

Today’s start was the sweet design from Plum Street Sampler called Woolemina. I am using some Victorian Motto Sampler Threads in this, which actually seems to be true of a lot of my starts for Maynia. The colors used in this are similar to what I’m using for Spring Jack and Blackberry House, two other Plum Street Sampler designs I’ve started for Stitch Maynia.

I feel like I got a bunch done on this, mostly because I stitch into the evening, too, instead of knitting. There’s still quite a bit to go, of course, but I am loving each little stitch on this one!

The top picture shows the colors more accurately than the bottom.

Here are the color changes I’ve made so far:

Victorian Motto Sampler Threads (VMST) in place of Classic Colorworks (CC) Bunny Honey
Gentle Arts Sampler Threads (GAST) in place of CC Pine Needles
VMST Glorious Pinks in place of CC Blushing Beauty
VMST Holland Tulips in place of CC Persimmon
VMST Tahitial Floral in place of CC Cinnamon Toast
I’m using the called for DMC, and the DMC in place of CC Hickory Sticks. I haven’t decided yet what I’m using for CC Weeping Willow. I’ll note that addition when I finish this beauty.

But this is being put aside for now, and tomorrow, I’ll be pulling out my beautiful Chatelaine Taj Mahal Mandala Garden. See you then!

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Stitch Maynia 2018 Day 22

My project for Day 22 was Abecedarian Summer Schoolhouse from With Thy Needle and Thread. I fell in love with this project as soon as I saw it last summer. The fact that it is stitched over one thread was an added bonus. I am using the called for overdyed flosses, a mixture of Weeks Dye Works and The Gentle Arts threads on the called for fabric! That doesn’t happen often!

The main change I am making is that I decided to stitch it as one long piece, instead of as separate pillows. One of the reasons for this is that I have never done a pillow finish, so I’m a bit intimidated, and of course, I no longer own a sewing machine!

I mentioned my plans in my Stitch with Me video, and one of my commenters mentioned someone on Instagram who was doing just that. I found the post by Skye Coote, @scottycoo on IG, and got her permission to share it here. She did have to make some changes to the pattern to make them the same height. I may or may not do that. I will decide when I get to the other pieces. But isn’t it stunning all worked together as one piece!

I am only on part 1 of this 4 part series. It’s been a while since I worked on this, and this is what I had done.

Have I mentioned that I adore this piece! Look at those tiny stitches! Love it!


I got the roof completed and a nice chunk done on the side of the house, so that’s where I leave it till the next time.

On to the next project! Lizzie Kate’s Snowman ‘10!